steam Definition

  • 1the hot gas that is produced when water boils
  • 2the mist formed by condensation of this gas
  • 3power used to propel something by means of steam engines

Using steam: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "steam" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The steam from the kettle fogged up the kitchen window.

  • Example

    The train was powered by steam.

  • Example

    She used a steam iron to press her clothes.

  • Example

    The factory uses steam to power its machinery.

steam Synonyms and Antonyms

Synonyms for steam

Phrases with steam

  • to release pent-up emotions or energy in a harmless or constructive way


    After a long day at work, I like to go for a run to let off steam.

  • full steam ahead

    with maximum effort and enthusiasm


    We're going full steam ahead with the new project.

  • to release anger or frustration in a way that doesn't harm anyone


    He went to the gym to blow off some steam after the argument.


Summary: steam in Brief

The term 'steam' [stiːm] refers to the hot gas produced when water boils, as well as the mist formed by its condensation. It also denotes power used to propel something by means of steam engines, as in 'The train was powered by steam.' 'Steam' extends into phrases like 'let off steam,' meaning to release pent-up emotions, and 'full steam ahead,' indicating maximum effort and enthusiasm.

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